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Lawyer/Senior Lawyer – Civil Litigation

OCC, Wymondham 
Full Time (37 Hours) - Permanent
£39,585 to £50,250 (dependent on experience) 
Closing date: Friday 2 July 2021 at 5pm 
Please quote Ref: C971a on application form

We are offering a great opportunity to join our small, friendly legal team, to undertake varied, fast-paced and challenging work for Norfolk Constabulary.  The Legal Services Department provides legal advice and representation to the Chief Constable, the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner and to our collaborative police partners.  The work undertaken by the Department is wide ranging and includes operational advice and orders, civil actions against the police, police misconduct, inquests, disclosure, employment and commercial law.  Lawyers working within the Department can expect a varied and challenging caseload 

You will have conduct of a varied caseload of civil claims against the police (pre-action and issued claims), including public liability claims for wrongful arrest/false imprisonment, assault/battery, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office, breach of ECHR, data breaches, defamation, property damage, etc.  You will also conduct employer’s liability claims, injury motor claims and judicial reviews.  You will be a qualified Solicitor, Barrister or fully qualified Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives and will have substantial, recent experience of managing your own civil litigation caseload. 


It is essential that applicants meet the following criteria:  

  • Qualified Barrister or Solicitor with a current practising certificate, or a fully qualified Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executives  

  • Recent, relevant and substantial experience of effectively managing their own civil litigation case load  

  • Excellent spoken, written and inter-personal skills with an ability to adapt their style to meet the needs of the client  

  • Ability to work as part of a team and demonstrate effective problem solving and negotiation skills with a desire and aptitude to learn new areas of law  

  • Ability to manage own workload with limited supervision and to be adaptable and responsive to the diverse requests of the in-house client  

  • Ability to work on an on-call rota including weekends and bank holidays if required  

  •  Ability to travel in order to attend Court, meetings or events both in and out of the County (including at short notice)  

  •  Good IT, organisational and administrative skills including the ability to generate own documents and letters using Microsoft Word and Outlook (as a minimum), manage own diary and maintain tidy and ordered files  


It is desirable that applicants meet the following criteria: 

  • Advocacy experience  

  • Recent relevant experience in any of the workstreams set out in 1-4 and 6-7 of the Appendix  

  • Supervisory experience  

  • Experience of legal case management software and time recording  


Hours of work are 37 per week Monday to Friday.  This post is offered on a permanent basis. 

Consideration will be given to whether the post can be delivered on either a part time or job share basis, in line with the organisational requirements of this role. Opportunities may also be available for working compressed hours and for some homeworking. 

The recruitment criteria for all posts are subject to reasonable adjustment in line with the Equality Act 2010.   

Applications from at-risk staff will be prioritised and receive preference in any selection process. 

Anyone who wishes to be considered for appointment should download the application pack for vacancy C971a here.  

Please return completed application packs by email to [email protected]